Capitol Update: Early discipline up Monday; Solution for Hospital Provider Fee offered
Each week of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly we’ll bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health and education of Colorado kids. Click here to read about all of the legislation we’re tracking. Here are some highlights from this week:
SB17-267 (Sonnenberg & Guzman/ K. Becker & J. Becker) Sustainability of Rural Colorado
This bill includes provisions that would: 1) convert the Hospital Provider Fee into an enterprise fund; 2) lower the cap on the amount of revenue the state can collect before revenue must be returned to taxpayers in the form of rebates; 3) provide additional funds to rural school districts; and 4) require each state government agency to propose a smaller budget next year. Read more about our thoughts on this significant bill here.
HB17-1210 (Lontine & Buckner/ Fields & Priola) School Discipline for Preschool Through 2nd Grade
A high quality, nurturing environment in the early school years unlocks the potential of all of our children to learn about themselves and the world. This bill would update statute to offer better guidance to administrators regarding out-of-school suspensions & expulsions for young children. It faces its next hearing on Monday and you can read more about it here